What do I need to know about it and how can it help me?
In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about different kinds of research, how each can benefit our profession, how to locate what you need on the Internet, and how to make sense of data and explain it to your clients.
Specifically, we will:
Review 5 different types of research, their specific purposes, and how each has been or could be valuable to the field of therapeutic massage
Learn how to conduct computer-based literature searches on topics of interest to you
Practice making sense of different types of research data, and how to present research to your clients
Practice creating research questions from your own clinical practice
Learn why the massage therapy profession should have more input into the research agenda for our field, how we are doing that and how we could have more control
Janet R. Kahn, Ph.D., NCTMB is a massage therapist and a massage therapy researcher, who has been involved in studies on massage for chronic pain (back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis), as well as the use of massage for cancer patients and their families.
Kahn is the Executive Director of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (www.ihpc.info), Director of the Center for Integrated Health Care in Burlington, Vermont, and Research Assistant Professor at the Medical College of the University of Vermont. She is past president of the AMTA Foundation (now the Massage Therapy Foundation) and past Director of Research for the Massage Therapy Research Consortium. She has been a practicing massage therapist since 1975.